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Ulster University graduations results: Honour for Silicon Valley boss Sarah Friar

Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Michael Lynch from Castlederg ( Business information Systems) and Rhiannon Heggarty from Strabane (HR Management Marketing). Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Michael Lynch from Castlederg ( Business information Systems) and Rhiannon Heggarty from Strabane (HR Management Marketing). Pic By Paul Moane
Graduates from Ulster University Magee today. Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Aiden Mc Grath from Maghera (Business Studies with Computers), Oisin Hegarty from Maghera (Computer game dev) and John Osano from Belfast (Computer Science). Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Nicole Quiambao in Accounting and Managerial Finance, also pictured is her sister Natalie (3). Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Laura Madine from Teconnaught in Business with Accounting. Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Taylor Mc Elhimmey from Derry in Psychology. Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Peter Grew from Armagh with a degree in Psychology . Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Gary Mc Dermott from Derry, Fiona Temple from Derry, Meghann Mc Keever from Derry, Kayleigh Fleming from Derry and Eoghan Mullan from Derry in Physical Activity Exercise & Health. Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Siubhean Crowne from Sligo in Psychology. Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Matthew Donaghy from Banbridge and Caitlin Green from Banbridge in Sport & Health . Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Christopher Strunks from Derry in Psychology, pictured with his daughter Ava (8). Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Fiona Mallon from Armagh with a degree in Straified Medicine , Colette Cassidy from Derrylin (psychology), Zoe Mc Allister from Lisburn (Psychology), Seanagh Booth from Castlewellan (Psychology) and Rachel Mc donald (psychology) . Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Peter Grew from Armagh with a degree in Psychology . Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Rachel Mc Donnell from Banbridge with a degree in (psychology) . Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Christopher Strunks from Derry in Psychology, pictured with his daughter Ava (8). Pic By Paul Moane
Graduating from Ulster University Magee today is Fiona Manderson from Scotland, Andrew Parton from Scotland and Melody Elchemala from Levanon in Straified Medicine, . Pic By Paul Moane

By Staff Reporter

Named as one of the most influential female tech executives in Silicon Valley, Sarah Friar will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from Ulster University today for distinguished service to the international technology industry.

The Co Tyrone woman attended Strabane Grammar, where she developed a love of maths and science.

Sarah is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurship and despite her success abroad, she remains committed to Northern Ireland.

She is a co-founder of the Ormeau Baths technology hub development in Belfast, which opened in June 2017 to support the city's most ambitious IT freelancers and small businesses, and mitigate an exodus of Northern Ireland technology talent.

Since 2012 she has been chief financial officer for Square - a mobile payments company jointly run with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, which has become one of the world's fastest growing financial technology companies.

While carving out her successful career, Sarah has often spoken about her commitment to redressing the gender balance in the technology industry and is an example for young women considering careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Sarah said: "I am humbled to receive an honorary degree from Ulster University.

"I would like to dedicate this honour to the breakthroughs from women in the STEM field which has led me to my own career today.

"It is a great pleasure to be recognised among a prominent group of honorary graduates and I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all students graduating today."

Sarah Friar will receive a Doctor of Science (DSc) honorary degree
Sarah Friar will receive a Doctor of Science (DSc) honorary degree

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